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Longtime educator Waldrip honored by foundation

Deborah Waldrip Teeter of Los Angeles accepts the President’s Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her father, Jim Waldrip, at a Tuesday event. The award was given by the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation, and beside Teeter are Dr. Shawn Powell, the president of ENMU (on left), and Steve Henderson, president of the ENMU-R Foundation Board of Directors. Waldrip is in a health care facility in Albuquerque. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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ENMU-R Foundation also recognizes Daily Record, staff and students

A longtime educator, coach and community leader received the appreciation of community members and the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation at a Tuesday event.

Jim Waldrip was honored with the President’s Distinguished Service Award during the ENMU-R Foundation for the Future Banquet held at the Hi-Q.

“This is the highlight of our banquet today,” said Dr. Shawn Powell, the new president of ENMU-R, who acknowledged that he has not yet had an opportunity to meet Waldrip. “We are going to present the President’s Distinguished Service Award for someone well-known in the community for his sense of fairness and good humor.”

The foundation also presented several other honors during the event. A Diamond Service Award was given to the Roswell Daily Record, and two employees received Foundation Staff Merit Awards. Several students attending the banquet were also recognized as scholarship recipients.

Waldrip’s honor was accepted by one of his children, Deborah Waldrip Teeter of Los Angeles, because Waldrip, 89, is in a health care facility in Albuquerque following complications of an illness. Friends were also at the banquet to honor him, and his award was recognized with a standing ovation.

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“Accolades are not received without the help of family, friends and colleagues,” Waldrip said in a letter read by Teeter. “Without those, many of my endeavors would not be possible.”

An Oklahoma native who served in the Korean War, Waldrip moved with his wife, JoAnne, to Roswell in 1955 so that he could play with the Roswell Rockets professional baseball team.

He and his wife also became teachers, and, in his case, a coach, with the Roswell Independent School District. He led primarily baseball and golf programs while teaching science, including astronomy.

His teaching took him inside classrooms at Roswell and Goddard High and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He also taught many classes at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. He continued being an educator even after his 44-year career with the local school district ended, leading classes in Artesia, Ruidoso and elsewhere until 2014.

“Teaching kept my dad young, sharp and engaged,” Teeter said. “Teaching and coaching are his passion, and through teaching and coaching he found an avenue to challenge his competitive spirit, to deepen his knowledge and refine his expertise. He was able to directly mentor and affect the lives of countless people.”

His community leadership includes being a member of the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education for 12 years, having been elected to public office for the first time at age 74 in 2003. He also has belonged to the ENMU-R Foundation Board for the past six years and has been a Rotarian for most of his life.

The Roswell Daily Record was recognized with the Diamond Service Award for its editorial coverage and advertising and sponsorship efforts in the area since 1891.

“Throughout Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s history, the Roswell Daily Record reporters have covered the news of campus, informing the community about the activities, the programs, the bond elections, the graduation ceremonies and other student activities,” said Steve Henderson, president of the ENMU-R Foundation Board of Directors.

Henderson also discussed the life of longtime publisher Robert Beck, who passed away at age 97 in San Diego on Aug. 24.

A former Royal Canadian and U.S. Air Force pilot, he joined the paper as a circulation manager in 1947 and worked his way up to publisher in 1955.

He retired in 1987, but the Beck family members are the sole stockholders of the paper, with Robert’s daughter, Barbara Beck, serving as the current publisher.

Robert and his wife, Marjorie, have served on the boards of many community organizations, including both being members of the ENMU Board of Regents.

Steve Henderson, president of the ENMU-R Foundation Board of Directors, at left, presents the Diamond Service Award to the Roswell Daily Record on Tuesday. Accepting on behalf of the news organization are Editor John Dilmore and General Manager SaraLei Fajardo. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

“We are happy for opportunities to promote the foundation and the university and the work they do,” said Editor John Dilmore, who accepted the award on behalf of the Beck family and the Roswell Daily Record along with General Manager SaraLei Fajardo. “We don’t ever do it with the expectation of being singled out ourselves for doing it, but it does feel good to be recognized and we appreciate the support here today.”

The recipients of the Foundation Staff Merit Awards were ChrisAnne Bell, an administrative assistant with the health education program, and John Bitner, medical simulation coordinator for the health education program. Bell was recognized for her willingness to volunteer for assignments, arrive early at work, organize projects and help with accreditation site visits, while Bitner was recognized for his expertise as well as his work as a guide for tours of the simulation facilities by local schools and community groups. He also was praised for his volunteer work with campus organizations and his willingness to be flexible with his work schedule.

In addition, a few student recipients who attended the banquet were recognized by foundation leaders. Presidential Scholars who were at the lunch were Valeria Bonilla, a 2018 Roswell High School graduate, and Dakota Avery, a 2017 Dexter High School graduate. Recipients of Desk and Derrick Club scholarships at the event were Michael Archuleta, Guadalupe Ortiz-Soto, Matthew Silva and Dominick Benally.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Foundation assets now at $10.24 million

The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation now has $10.24 million in assets, up from $9.36 million in 2017, according to an officer of the foundation board of directors.

The foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit organization that raises money to support the local university, primarily by providing student scholarships, earned $1,095,285 in total income from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, said Jon Hitchcock, vice president and treasurer of the board.

“Two thousand eighteen was quite an exceptional year for our foundation,” he said at the Foundation for the Future banquet Tuesday. “After the  huge level of earnings that we had in 2017, I kept thinking that there was no way we could earn the same amount as we did in 2017. But we did.”

The majority of the earnings came from investment income, totaling $729,570. Direct public support came to $173,015, while other income including from fundraising events, royalties — and income from an oil and gas company that was gifted to the foundation brought in $192,700.

Total expenses were $213,228, with $140,893 providing support for the university. Of that amount, $117,038 went to scholarships.

The foundation ended its fiscal year June 30 with total net income of $882,057.